Robert Rapier is a chemical engineer with 20 years of international engineering experience in the energy business. He holds several patents related to his work. Robert is the author of Power Plays: Energy Options in the Age of Peak Oil. He is also the author of the R-Squared Energy Column and is Chief Investment Strategist for Investing Daily’s Energy Strategist service. Robert has appeared on The History Channel and PBS, and his articles have appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, and Forbes. You can read his weekly column by visiting http://www.investingdaily.com/energy-strategist.
Jim Van Meerten is an advisor to Marketocracy Capital Management and writes on financial subjects here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs and Seeking Alpha. He earned a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College; a Juris Doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law; and attended post-baccalaureate and graduate courses in Business Administration, Quantitative Math, and Education at Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past he has been an accountant, attorney, adjunct professor in Business Law, Accounting and Internal Auditing, financial advisor, supervisory principal, and compliance officer. He also passed the Georgia CPA Exam, the Certified Internal Auditor Exam, and the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 9/10 exams.He is presently also a contributor on MSN Top Stocks Blog, Motley Fool and is a member of the M100 on Marketocracy, an elete honor chosen by the editors of Marketocracy as being in the top 100 portfolio managers of over 100,000 portfoiios they review. He would enjoy hearing your comments at JimVanMeerten@gmail.com.
I am a private invester mostly in mutual funds and ETFs. I am a beleiver in value and growth investing and when I buy an individual equity, it's as if I want to own a part of the company for the long haul.
Advise on mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity capital raises, as well as financial restructuring assignments (including §363 sales and internal reorganizations) for companies, secured lenders, bondholders and unsecured creditors across the capital structure in a wide variety of industries including, but not limited to: Renewable/Alternative Energy, Consumer Products, Agriculture, Retail, Healthcare and Hospitals, Specialty Finance, Building Materials, Aerospace/Defense, Specialty Foods, Marketing & Media, Specialty Chemicals, Manufacturing and Automotive.
While I advise across industries, I remain particularly active in the Renewable/Alternative Energy sector (ethanol, advanced biofuels, lignocellulosic biorefineries, biodiesel, wind, solar, biomass, etc.) and, notably, have successfully completed multiple engagements in the ethanol industry representing ~4.0 billion gallons of aggregate production capacity.
I am not a Wall Street professional. I am retired military and a recently retired state - certified general real estate appraiser. In more than forty years as a speculator I have purchased over 750 stocks.My specialty is smallcap and microcap stocks primarily in the natural resources sector.
I am very big on gold and silver penny stocks.
I am also very fond of royalty companies, master linited parnerships and REITS.
The only thing that I will not invest in is the S&P 500.The performance of the S&P is unacceptable. I don't do dinosaurs.
There is only one reason to hang out in the in the blood splatered arena of smallcap,microcap and penny stocks where I have been a player for more than forty years. There is no other investing arena that offers such spectacular returns.
I wrote a book about it. It is called "Forty Years A Speculator."
I am a semi-retired Systems Engineer and Project Manager of Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Weather Instruments which I have been designing building and testing for 37 years. I have worked as a technician, staff engineer, department manager and project technical director for large aerospace companies and well as as an independent contractor and most recently as an employee of a small contracting/consulting company directly supporting NASA, NOAA and NIST projects.
I have a degree in Physics and completed undergraduate coursework in business administration before switching to physics.
I have been self managing my portfolios since late 2008. I have multiple 401Ks, IRAs, a SEP and an after tax brokerage account. These accounts are with Vanguard, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.
I rolled a pension with a 5 year payout period (60 equal installments) into an IRA from Dec 2008 - Nov 2013. The present early 2015 total portfolio value is just over 2 times my total pension rollover amount. My 401K and IRA investments are a mixture of Foreign, Domestic and Bond mutual funds as well as Foreign and Domestic pure growth and dividend growth stocks in accordance with my portfolio "business" plan. My annual dividend income is nearly enough to cover all of our living expenses now. While my dividend income is running about 2 years behind my plan of achieving 80% of my 2008 income by the end of 2014 my average total return is within 1% of the S&P 500 over the past 5 years as of April 2015.
I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling glacier walls and hang gliding off tall buildings to survey the best urban party spots. I can ride my bicycle up almost any incline without slowing down—the laws of physics do not apply to me. I am a talented academic, but absent-minded: I once figured out the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. Although not a commercial success, my book “What Your Orchestra Teacher Never Told You About Double Reed Technique: The Oboe and Bassoon Player’s Guide to Dating Beautiful Women” drew enthusiastic praise from both sexes.
I've been employed (my own business) in the financial services industry for 25 years. My first "gusher" was during the 2008 financial crisis. Took full advantage of the opportunity in the oil & gas sectors. 2015 offers a similar opportunity. I'm investing for the next gusher!